It's a thought I've been having recently about aiding my spiritual development, and perhaps that of other men as well. I used to dream about this kind of thing all the time when I was younger. Now my imagination has become so flaccid. I was thinking about a confraternity devoted to meditation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A confraternity or sodality is defined as "a voluntary association of the faithful, established and guided by competent ecclesiastical authority for the promotion of special works of Christian charity or piety." (See Catholic Encyclopedia, 1917)
The relevant questions are: What would it be like? How would it fulfill its goals? Why have it at all, rather than nothing?
I don't really have more than vague thoughts about these things. I would imagine that it would be a semi-organized group of men committed to certain spiritual exercises (certain prayers, etc.), governed by a certain spitituality, in this case Augustinian. The question is, how would it be related to the Rule of St. Augustine? Not sure. Give me time to think about that one.
I would imagine that the confraternity would be composed of laymen and meet once a week for prayer and adoration. It would be something like a third order, but perhaps of lesser obligation and stability? It would focus on the writings of St. Augustine, the spiritual, not theoretical works. Its primary tasks would be penance for self, other, Church and world, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and reading / teaching about our spiritual master.
I'll continue to think and to pray about this. I welcome your two cents as well...